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New CAS in Water Sanitation and Hygiene for humanitarian and developing contexts


Course Objectives 

The course is designed to provide professionals with a thorough understanding of the increasing complexities of the WASH sector. It provides students with the latest contextual and technical skills to plan, design and implement sustainable activities and programmes within the framework of the fundamental principles of the WASH sector, namely public health and equitable access to water supply and sanitation services. Designed to contribute to Agenda 2030 (SDG 6) by focusing on all aspects of sustainable WASH interventions, this course is strongly practice-oriented, allowing a direct link between theory and reality/complexity on the ground. After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and analyse context-specific challenges and plan tailor-made WASH interventions to improve sustainable access to WASH services and facilities in complex institutional environments, both in the field of cooperation and humanitarian aid
  • Conduct a context-specific public health risk analysis of inadequate WASH services and design appropriate prevention strategies
  • Conduct a systematic analysis of environmental, social and technical problems, both in urban and rural contexts, and design appropriate intervention strategies.
  • Confidently implement the wide range of advanced WASH intervention tools: from specific technical approaches in water supply and sanitation to current approaches developed in the field of hygiene promotion, as well as sectoral assessment tools.

Participants and prerequisite 

The course caters to those working in, or supporting work in low- and middle-income countries and is ideal for professionals working in: 

  • Civil society or non-government organizations 
  • International development and humanitarian agencies 
  • Government agencies 
  • Consultants and sector professionals 
  • Prerequisite: Professionals in WASH and development related disciplines, wishing to deepen their knowledge in water, sanitation and hygiene in both humanitarian and development contexts. 

Certificate and exams

The Certificate of Advanced Studies will be granted after having completed each of the final exams of the three modules. The CAS WASH grants 12 ECTS points.


CHF 5’700.–. This fee includes teaching, materials, coffee breaks, lunches and 2 social dinners. The fee does not include transportation, accommodation and other meals. The organizer will give support to finding suitable accommodation at a reasonable price. Provided there is enough space, participants who do not wish to follow the whole CAS can register separately for each module.

Fee for a single module is CHF 2’000.–. The Programme Management has no funding provisions for applicants of this course.

Organising partners

  • SUPSI, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, Centre for Development and Cooperation, Lugano-Canobbio (lead)
  • Eawag-Sandec, Department of Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development, Dübendorf
  • UNINE, The Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics, Neuchâtel


  • SUPSI, Centre for Development and Cooperation
    Campus Trevano, Via Trevano, 6952 Canobbio
  • Eawag-Sandec, Department of Sanitation, Water and Solid
    Waste for Development
    Überlandstrasse 133, CH-8600 Dübendorf
  • UNINE, The Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics
    Bâtiment UniMail, Rue Emile-Argand 11, 2000 Neuchâtel

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